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BSD and Darwin derivatives "I am very happy about the direction in which the Mac OS X GUI is going, although sadly many Mac users aren't interested in (or don't know about) the "lower levels" of the Macintosh Operating System. Have you ever wondered why the Terminal greets you with the words "Welcome to Darwin"? Why do BSD and Mac OS share certain bits of code? Why does Wikipedia describe Mac OS X as a graphical operating system? Today we're going to take a look at the underlying open source technology which powers your fancy Leopard OS - the hidden core set of components, named Darwin."
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RE[5]: What BSD could have been
by arielb on Wed 9th Apr 2008 21:56 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: What BSD could have been"
arielb
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People who support BSD believe in freedom but that means they have to actually compete. You have to fight for freedom; not hide under the skirt of lawyers and the EU. You can't just say you are for competition without accepting the possibility that you might not have what it takes. You are not entitled to victory just because you are open source.

Brendan Eich from mozilla is one of those who gets it. He doesn't want the govt to make people use firefox. He knows that the only way mozilla and other open source software can win is if they are actually better than the closed source alternatives DESPITE all the money Apple and Microsoft can put into their projects. And despite the fact they can use your code.

Open source should win on its merits, not ideology. It can be more secure and more responsive to its users than products based on marketing with style over substance. But you can't just say open source open source....you have to make it work and try to reach out to people.

Edited 2008-04-09 22:03 UTC

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